1. Unconscious Incompetence
2. Conscious Incompetence
3. Conscious Competence
4. Unconscious Competence
Some of you already know what I'm talking about. For those of you that don't. Lets go a little further and break down each one.
1. Unconscious Incompetence. This is when you do not know or understand how to do something and you do not recognize the need for it. You may deny that is is useful. In order to move on to the next step you must recognize the value of the skill.
2. Conscious Incompetence. Even though you do not know or understand how to do something, you recognize the value it has and sometimes you will make mistakes in order to come to that conclusion.
3. Conscious Competence. This is when you know or understand how to do something, but you must work at it over and over to learn the skill.
4. Unconscious Competence. This is when you are doing the skill effortlessly. You don't even think about it. Your just doing it.
Hmmm. How about an Example?....These easiest one I know that all of us use is tying your shoelaces (Thank KT and Nikki for reminding me of it the other day). Step One, we don't know that we don't know. We had shoes that didn't have laces when we were a kid so we didn't know which made of unconsciously incompetent. Step Two, we know that we don't know. We see shoes with laces and we don't know how to tie them. We are shown how and see the usefulness in the skill (not tripping I guess). Step Three, we know and we are consciously doing it. We are tying our shoes now and we are getting better and better at it. We are still focusing on tying the shoes at this point. Step Four, we know and we are doing it effortlessly. We put our shoes on and we tie them without even thinking about it.
I still remember when I would tie my shoes with the bunny ears method, a great way to learn btw.
Now tell me you have never ever gone through the Four Steps and I'll tell you that You don't know how to tie your shoes. ;)